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Michigan District, LCMS | Weekly Newsletter
October 6, 2020
Top Story
The Five Traits of Healthy Congregations by Jim Saalfeld

In my role as CEO of Church Extension Fund, I have the pleasure of rejoicing with congregations when buildings are dedicated or mortgages burned, and the tough job of sitting with congregational leadership teams to understand why financial obligations are not being met and questioning whether a congregation can continue to exist. It’s a humbling role Read more in the October 2020 issue of Michigan In Touch.


You will find the same content rearranged on the page so it can be easily viewed on mobile screens. Some new features: The Bible verse of the week is now a "meme" which you may download and share on social media. We also added a section just for Lutheran Schools news. Congregation and Other Ministry News are now together under the Other News section. Links to lists of calls and vacancies, calendar of District events, and other favorites are now at the bottom of the page.
Prayer Requests

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania and other White House staff who were diagnosed with the Coronavirus and are quarantined ... Rev. Roger and Amy James (Philippines missionaries) in thanksgiving that the new academic year is proceeding without problem or further delay ... This week's congregations, schools, and ministries: United, West Olive; Pacific Southwest District, Irvine, CA; Mount Olive, Grand Rapids; St. Michael, Portage; Christ, Stevensville.

District News

HEART ISSUES ARE HARD ISSUES
Join us for Heart Issues are Hard Issues, a conference on racial healing, on October 15. Virtual registration is still open.
Featured Blog / Podcast
BEING A WHOLE PERSON IN AN AGE OF ZOOM HAIRCUTS
I just got my first professional haircut in 38 weeks. I hadn’t been counting, but the salon’s computer was keeping track. As the stylist cut my hair, we talked through our masks ... Read more >
Lutheran Schools
MANS CONNECT: VIRTUAL TEACHING AND LEARNING SERIES
October 12-15, 2020
This week-long event will include one afternoon session each day and a full day of sessions on Thursday, October 15. All sessions are recorded and will be available to view after the event for those that register. The registration deadline was extended to October 7. For more information and to register, click here.
Other News and Events
JESUS AND YOU ... COPING WITH COVID
FREE LIVE STREAM event by Shepherd's Gate, Shelby Twp. Click here for on-demand viewing.

PRELUDE TO CHRISTMAS
October 11, 3 p.m. | Facebook Live
A free, live streamed organ concert by blind organist Isaiah Buhrke. The concert will be live streamed on Facebook live.

LWR INGATHERING
Various collection locations and October dates across Michigan can be found in this flyer. If you have further questions, please contact Pat at pschuk58@gmail.com or 517.548.2435.

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN QUILT AND KIT COLLECTION
Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Immanuel, Alpena
For more information, contact Dennis Neumann at 989.354.4256.

2021 PRE-LENTEN WORKSHOP FOR PASTORS
Friday, January 22, 2021 | Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
The topic is "O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High: God's Enormous Mercy" and the host is Dr. Thomas Egger. For more information, click here.
E-classified
PART-TIME CUSTODIAN
St. John, Fraser has an immediate opening for a part-time custodian. Please contact Ryan Gergely, Board of Trustees, at 317.908.1039 or gergelrc@gmail.com for further information and to arrange an interview.

USED YAMAHA MIXING CONSOLE AVAILABLE
Zion, Kalamazoo has a used Yamaha GA24/12 mixing console available for any congregation, school, or ministry that may have need of it. Pick up for free or we will ship for the cost of shipping. If interested, contact zion@zionkazoo.org or 269.382.2360 for further information.

LUTHERAN WORSHIP HYMNALS
Trinity, Clinton Twp. has 500+ used Lutheran Worship hymnals that are not being used anymore. Free to whomever could use them. If you are interested in any or all, contact Emily Wright at ewright@trinityct.org or 586.463.2921.

FULL AND PART-TIME TEACHER AIDE POSITIONS
Open Arms, Belleville's childcare center is in need of full and part-time help in its childcare center. If interested, please contact Michelle at mmahaffey@openarmscenter.com.

ROBES AVAILABLE
Christ Our Savior, Livonia has 16 robes suitable for any worship needs. Some are white cotton and others are a muslin material. A number of cinctures are available as well. These are in good to very good condition. If interested, please contact Laurie at laurier@christoursavior.org or 734.522.6830.